What Is Bad Will Be Better Tomorrow

In my year-end review process I go through my old journals to get a sense of where I was last year and five years ago. It helps me to see what my goals were, what I’ve accomplished, and where my goals changed.  This year something I wrote five years ago, caught my attention. I don’t remember the details but can read between the lines. I had said something out loud about my dream of being a successful writer and it paralyzed me for a while. It’s been a rough year–again. But the little free verse that I wrote five years ago speaks to me today about more than my writing. What is bad, will be better tomorrow. I Dreamed and was Afraid I dreamed aloud today. I boasted of my writing abilities. And I grew afraid. I’m not that good. And I wasn’t. I dreamed a quiet dream. And I whispered I will try. And still I was afraid. But I tried. And words meandered across the page. I stopped dreaming. And I wrote. I was still afraid. But I did it anyway. And words marched and plodded and stumbled and fell. It wasn’t that good. But it was getting better. […]

The Growth and Development of the Puppy Are the Same as the Novelist

As readers of this blog know, I have a puppy. His name is Neo. He’s almost 9 months old now. He’s still a baby. Neo entertains me, delights me, and sometimes frustrates me. And being a puppy he grows through developmental stages. But I’ve also realized that the growth and development of the puppy are the same as the novelist. Now you’re looking at me like I’m stupid. Bear with me, I’ll explain. Neonate (Week 0-2) The puppy is blind and deaf and toothless. He can touch and taste but cannot regulate his body temperature. Growing fast, he needs to eat every two hours. He interacts with mother and her siblings and starts learning simple social skills. The neo-novelist can read and write. She is hungry and consumes copious amounts of how-to-write books, blog posts, paper, and office supplies. She stays close to home and may interact with a mentor and fellow writers. Simple writing skills develop. The Transition Period (Week 2-4) The puppy’s eyes open. He starts to respond to sounds, and lights, and movement. He usually crawls but he can stand and stumble around. His baby teeth begin to come in. He also begins to realize when he […]

Are you waiting for your destiny to be fulfilled? Take these 7 determined steps to destiny. Make your success happen.

7 Determined Steps to Destiny

Are you waiting for your destiny to be fulfilled? According to Meriam-Webster destiny is “a predetermined course of events often held to be an irresistible power or agency.” To believe in destiny is a powerful and romantic thing. But success based on destiny is rare. Perhaps it is your misbelief in destiny that holds you back. Don’t take that to mean that you’re destined to fail. March right up to your dream of success with these 7 determined steps to destiny. Make your success happen. How do you do that? There are all kinds of articles with all kinds of lists of things to do that will make you successful. I’ve boiled them down to the 7 determined steps to your destiny. Match Your Why with Your What Your why is important. It’s unique to you. Out of your past experiences, there is an emotion or an event that is significant to you. It’s what makes you feel authentic and complete. Let your why guide you. You may not be able to work the job of your dreams, the one that most aligns with your why, right this minute. That’s okay. You can take baby steps and still get there. […]